Wow! This post took me a long time to upload! Geesh! Welcome to yet another edition of my cake decoration projects. 😉
I made this First Birthday Cake in the beginning of May for my friends' son birthday party. I had a lot of fun doing it - while still going a little crazy - and now I'm sharing my experience with all of you. =)
It first started with a brainstorming experience with my friend and after shuffling a couple of ideas, I drew this draft:
So, the main ideas were: simple cake recipe (there would be kids at the party, so no added fats or lots of sugar), main cake in the shape of a "1", main cake filled with lemon curd, 5 smaller cakes in the shape of letter cubes with the white letters to spell his name on the front and geometrical shapes on the top, cube cakes filled with strawberry jam, main cake light blue with white clouds, cube cakes with colors as shown in draft above.
I changed and added a couple of things: the cube cakes had three layers each so I did two fillings (lemon curd and blackberry jam) and I added the initials of the parents names on the back of every cube, in the color of the cube (ie: first cube is red, so the letters of the back are also red - just to add a bit of dimension, without taking power from the child's name).
I live in a small apartment. Making a cake of this size meant I needed to bake three cake sheets. It was crazy! But fun. Seriously. For some reason, I really like doing this.
The recipe I used is a family recipe that I tweaked in order to get a tasty, soft cake but sturdy enough to be decorated with fondant. You could say it's your "pound cake" but healthier - no fat added! Check the video below and go to my YouTube channel to check out the full recipe. You'll love it and you'll be using this recipe a lot, I promise!
While the cakes were in the oven - and that took a lot of time - I made a batch of lemon curd. I knew I had to use a lot and if I bought it in store it would have been really expensive and not as tasty. I also have a video showing you how to make it, shot almost 3 years ago! These two videos are "add to favorites" kind of videos! 😉
During the cake baking (between sheet 2 and 3) and before I started with the actual cake mounting and decorating, this was the situation:
As for the actual mounting, all I did was cut a piece of paper the size of my cakes and then cut a "1" shape to serve as mold. Then I cut two of my cake sheets in the shape of 1's. I then topped one of them it with my homemade lemon curd, placed the other on top and covered the entire cake with a thin layer of light whipped cream (store-bought). Every cake decorated with fondant needs a thin layer of some sort of cream - this helps with adhesion and with shape.
Around this time I was getting seriously worried that I wouldn't have time to finish the cake so I skipped on a few photos. Sorry. =)
I made the cubes by cutting similar (yes, not exact - just similar) cubed shaped pieces of cake and putting them together - three layers each, lemon curd and blackberry jam fillings. They also got covered with a thin layer of light whipped cream.
And now it was time to cover them with fondant and make all the pieces of decoration! I so wish I had the time and nerves to photograph each step. This cake required a lot of pieces and a lot of cutting and rolling and gluing and I wish I could show you how I did it. The letters, clouds and geometrical shapes were cut with cutters, except for the triangle, rectangle and square (made by my boyfriend 😉 ). Each and every single piece was glued to the fondant with a bit of egg white. I basically have one photo of the whole decorating process:
After this, I quit taking photos. It got to my nerves that I wasn't as quick to make all of the required things as I wanted and it didn't turn out as perfect as I wanted it to, but honestly, I'm proud of the result. Yes, it had a few parts that weren't as smooth as they should have. But it was made with all my heart - and the help of my boyfriend - so it really was a special experience. And it turned out pretty cool. =)
Thank you Maria and André for trusting that I would be able to make something as special as this. =) And happy first birthday, baby B!
Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it. And don't forget to watch and favorite those two videos above (Better Than Pound Cake Recipe & Homemade Lemon Curd Recipe) - I'm sure you're gonna need them soon!
Have you ever done a fondant decorated cake? Which occasion was it for?